Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

created at: 03/15/2012

French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the streetlights:  


via Discovery Channel


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Anonymous on Sep 17, 2012:

is it just me or when it started spinning, it looked like  the 60's batman show whenever it was cutting to a different scene? lol

Steven Frieson on Mar 17, 2012:

That is ridiculous!  Defnitely one fo the neatest things I've seen in a while.  Specifically the street lights.